Wanda (Loden) is a wanderer in a dreary Rust Belt town, drifting from bars to motels, jobs to jobs and men to men. She’s directionless and futureless, an aging beauty seen by men as usable and disposable. Unable to support her children, she forgoes custody and eventually meets Norman Dennis (Michael Higgins), a petty criminal on the run who seduces her into joining him on the lam, only to find that happiness remains beyond her reach. A landmark in the history of feminist and independent cinema, WANDA is the singular vision of director, writer, and star Barbara Loden, and this new restoration brings her uncompromising film to new audiences.
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding from The Film Foundation and GUCCI